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Experts Fear Texas Heading Into Another Drought

The dry banks of a river are pictured on July 14, 2010. (credit: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)

The dry banks of a river are pictured on July 14, 2010. (credit: ROBERT MICHAEL/AFP/Getty Images)

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HOUSTON (AP) – Experts are watching to see if Texas is heading for another drought.

State climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon told the Houston Chronicle that continuing dry weather is likely to persist at least into the spring. Nielsen-Gammon, who’s also a professor of atmospheric sciences at Texas A&M University, says “it’s probably going to get worse before it gets better.”

The U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday indicated 85 percent of Texas is abnormally dry, compared to about 29 percent a year ago.

Tropical Storm Hermine drenched Central Texas in September. Since then large swaths of Texas have received less than 10 percent of normal rainfall levels.

The six-month hurricane season ended Nov. 30.

Dry conditions have led at least 80 Texas counties to enact burn bans.

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